BTC1110 - Commercial law - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Business and Economics

Organisational Unit

Department of Business Law and Taxation

Chief examiner(s)

Ms Rebecca Neophitou (First semester)
Eugenio Vergara Marshall (Second semester)

Unit guides



  • First semester 2019 (On-campus)
  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)


BTB1010, BTF1010.


The law affects everything we do in our personal lives, as well as all kinds of business activity. In this unit, you will learn about key areas of law relevant to the conduct of commerce. Learning about the law as a non-lawyer is important - it will help you understand business risks, and to seize upon business opportunities, while also helping you understand when professional legal advice might be required. In short, understanding the law's role in business helps you make good business decisions.

This unit covers five key areas of the law, representing essential areas of knowledge for the commercial world - the Australian legal system, the law of contract, consumer protection, the law of torts (including negligence as it affects business and as it applies to professionals), and the law of business organisations (including the law of agency, partnerships, corporations, and trusts).


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  1. examine common commercial law scenarios relating to: the supply of defective goods and services; contract disputes; misrepresentations; agency relationships; partnership law; and company law
  2. identify legal problems and risks which arise in those scenarios
  3. describe the laws relevant to those scenarios
  4. analyse and apply the laws to predict possible legal outcomes.


Within semester assessment: 40% + Examination: 60%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. Independent study may include associated readings, assessment and preparation for scheduled activities. The unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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